When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica

Brenda’s Traveling Sister group read review

We all were drawn in right away to the lives and struggles of our two main characters here with Jessie in the present dealing with insomnia and grief from losing her Mother Eden and in the past with Eden dealing with infertility issues that start to unravel her life.

When both women’s lives start to unravel they both become unreliable leaving us with so many questions as the suspense and tension increased.  We raced through the story as fast as we could, entertained and excited to get to that final reveal.  Well wow, that was an ending to talk about.  So many mounting questions and tension built up and that ending left some of us cheering in our coulee and for one sister she felt let down by that ending.

This is definitely one we recommend.  Whether that ending leaves you cheering or feeling let down, it’s guaranteed to provoke some kind of reaction from you!

Norma’s review

Having read all of Mary Kubica’s books to date and enjoyed them, I jumped at the chance of reading her latest, When the Lights Go Out. She is a go-to author of mine and always has me eagerly waiting for her next release.

I have seen some mixed reviews for this one and some not so favorable thoughts on that ending but for me that ending totally worked. I was tickled pink that Mary Kubica totally shocked and floored me with that unexpected ending! These types of books are what I seek and when little snippets of the mystery are hidden so well in the narrative, when the reveal comes and falls all into place, leaving me gasping out loud in awe, then I’m pretty much elated and totally satisfied.

WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT by MARY KUBICA is a riveting, suspenseful, and an emotionally gripping tale that had me totally glued to those pages and swiping at breakneck speed. I was immediately drawn into this story and totally intrigued in the storyline which had me totally bewildered pretty much right up to the very end.

MARY KUBICA delivers a clever, twisty, unpredictable and thought-provoking story here with well-developed and interesting characters told between Jessie’s perspective in present tense and Eden, Jessie’s mother in past tense. I enjoyed both of these characters perspectives equally and had empathy for both of them, especially Jessie as some things that Jessie endured with her insomnia was very relatable and scary for me to read. The path that Eden’s character chose wasn’t without some pondering on my part though.

Lindsay’s review

Addictive.  Emotional. Gripping.  Tension-filled.

I’ve heard so many fantastic things about Mary Kubica.   This was my first experience reading her work and it definitely lived up to the hype!   

This story revolves around Jessie Sloane, a young woman who loses her mother to cancer after many exhausting years battling the disease.   Jessie feels alone in the world and needs to push herself to focus and move forward. While applying for college, Jessie stumbles across a mysterious detail from her past that she can’t understand or accept. She becomes solely focused on figuring out the missing pieces of her childhood hoping to get answers that will help her move forward in life.

This suspenseful and twisty thriller packed quite the punch!  Not only did this book have me sitting on the edge of my seat, hanging on every word, it had me an emotional wreck!  On one page I would be holding my breath in tension-filled anticipation of what would happen next, and then the next page had me with tears streaming down my face, broken-hearted at what the characters were facing.   Wow! This was a fantastic mix of perfection!

Thank you so much from all of us to NetGalley, Harlequin/Park Row, and Mary Kubica for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review. 

30 thoughts on “When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica

  1. shalini says:

    I have yet to read this… Hopefully soon

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    1. Lindsay says:

      Hope you love it!!

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  2. Wonderful reviews! This one look so good 🙂

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    1. L Lostinacoulee says:

      Thank you Christina!! It was really good!!

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  3. I haven’t read it but I really want to ! Loved the reviews!

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    1. L Lostinacoulee says:

      Thank you so much!! I hope you get a chance to read it soon!

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  4. Great reviews! I thought that the ending fit for the story being told. It’s definitely gotten mixed reviews on the ending though.

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    1. L Lostinacoulee says:

      Thank you!! Yes – that ending really seems to be getting a huge mix of reactions! Glad you loved it too!!

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  5. So happy to have read this one together.

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    1. L Lostinacoulee says:

      Yes – always a pleasure to read with you Marialyce!!! xo

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  6. Brenda G says:

    Sounds like a book I might enjoy if I didn’t waste so much time playing scrabble online lol 😆
    Great reviews ladies, it was like I was on the edge of my seat too !

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    1. B Lostinacoulee says:

      Well if you ever decide to switch it up from that scrabble online you know who can hook you up with some great books from her personal library. lol

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  7. I can’t wait to listen to this one. Excellent reviews, ladies! It’ll be nice to go back and look at the discussion.

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    1. L Lostinacoulee says:

      Hope you love it too Jonetta!! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

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  8. L Lostinacoulee says:

    Loved reading this one with the TS!!! 💜💕

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  9. carhicks says:

    I have only read one book by Mary Kubica and there was something about it, that I have never read another, I don;t even know what it was. These reviews all sound great though, Maybe I should try again.

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    1. L Lostinacoulee says:

      This is the only book I’ve read by this author. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts if you read it Carla. I truly enjoyed this one and really look forward to more from her!

      I think we are going to schedule another one of her books to read with the Traveling Friends Group – maybe you could read with us then?! 😊🌸

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  10. Annie says:

    Everyone seems to have strong opinions about this one… I read one book by this author and enjoyed it but didn’t love it so Im not sure I will keep reading her books unless there’s one that seems to be loved by everyone. But I’m so glad this one worked for you!

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    1. L Lostinacoulee says:

      Thanks very much Annie! Hope you’re reading something fantastic now! 💜🌸

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  11. Mackenzie says:

    Wonderful reviews, Sisters!!! I really had fun reading this one together!!! That ending had me so emotional as well, like Lindsay said!!!

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    1. L Lostinacoulee says:

      Thanks so much Mackenzie! Yes – it’s been a while since a book has had me in such a whirlwind of feelings and emotions. Loved it!! So glad you did too! 💜🌸💙🌺

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  12. Cozynookbks says:

    I’ve read one other book by Mary Kubica, Pretty Baby, and enjoyed it. I might have to try this one too. Glad you all enjoyed When The Lights Go Out. 😊

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    1. L Lostinacoulee says:

      Thanks so much!! 💜

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  13. Norrie says:

    Very intriguing!
    Haven’t read anything by this author before, but i’ve been planning to try at least one book. This sounds really good 🙂

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    1. L Lostinacoulee says:

      Thanks very much! Hope you love her writing as much as we did!

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  14. bibliobeth says:

    Ooh very intrigued now ladies, wonderful reviews! 🤗

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  15. Tiffany says:

    This one might leave me feeling a little stressed out.

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    1. B Lostinacoulee says:

      It’s not really dark but it could be a stressful read. It moves quickly but not really a sunny read.

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  16. I can’t wait to get to this one! It will be my third by Kubica and she has delivered thus far. Sounds like I can expect more of the same. Great review. 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much! Oh I’m so happy to hear that you can’t wait to read this one, Myndi! I absolutely love Mary Kubica and have enjoyed all of her books. I hope that you love this one too!

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